At the Edge of a Dream
I was in a void–neither bright nor dark.
I saw a desk much like the one in the room where I was staying. A key was on the desktop. I picked it up and used it to open the bottom drawer. In the drawer, I found a black leather-bound book. I picked it up and as I went to set it on the desk, it fell open near the midway point.
I looked and saw something beginning to sprout from the book’s gutter. It continued to grow–slowly, then faster and faster–until it had become a massive tree that had overtaken the book and the desk. It was larger and taller than any tree I had seen.
Staring up into the canopy, a nut of some sort fell to the ground and broke open I looked inside of what seemed similar to a walnut, and there were three pieces. As I looked at each of them, I knew immediately what each represented.
The first piece represented the Gospel of Jesus Christ, a message of love and compassion for all people. This is the message I am compelled to live and share.
The second piece represented the fight for social justice and equality–that in all things I must not only seek to do no harm but also to make things right where there is wrong–to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly” as instructed in Micah 6:8.
The third piece represented an open mind and humble heart. It reminders me to be open to the thoughts, feelings, and ideas of others. While I may not always agree with them either at first or at all, it is important to listen with openness and humility. As a human, I certainly will never know everything, my logic and opinions will be flawed, and I’m prone to mistakes and my own selfish tendencies.
As I looked away from the nut and back to the tree, it was etched into my mind that if I were to base my life and ministry on these three core concepts, it would be a healthy and helpful one.